Defence Science Institute Hazardous Agent Challenge


Victoria’s Defence Science Institute is calling for proposals in support of a $1M initiative to advance the development of prototypes for enhanced resilience against chemical and biological threats. 

Between $50,000 and $500,000 are available per project to support collaborative projects of 6 - 18 months' duration.

Industry and academia are invited to submit proposals for projects which will support the development of prototype solutions to enable the ADF to respond faster, more flexibly and more resiliently to chemical and biological threats and achieve enhanced situational awareness in contaminated environments for prolonged periods of time. Up to $1M will be available to fund ground-breaking innovations over a 6-18 month timeframe. 

Working together with The Department of Defence’s Operating in CBRN Environments STaR Shot, the DSI Hazardous Agent Challenge (DSI-HAC) has been designed to assist with the formation of multidisciplinary teams in support of the challenge and is open to industry and academia from across Australia.



The DSI-HAC was initiated in support of the Operating in CBRN Environments (OCE) STaR Shot, which will help set the direction for strategic research and development through collaboration between Australia’s universities and industry.
Challenge Details

Funded by Defence through the Next Generation Technologies Fund (NGTF), the initiative leverages NGTF priority themes in Advanced Sensors and Enhanced Human Performance to support the development of prototype demonstrators in the following areas: 

  • Sensing (Wearable Sensors and Deployed Surveillance): Novel sensor technologies and heterogeneous sensor networks for early detection of chemical or biological threats or accurate characterisation of low concentrations of toxic industrial chemicals at large standoff distances.
  • Warfighter Resilience: The translation of data gathered from non-invasive wearables into actionable insights that would enhance the warfighter’s ability to predict and extend their capacity to perform their mission under OCE threats and stresses.

Available funding: $50,000 - $500,000

Project Duration: 6 - 18 Months

Submission Deadline: Wednesday, 12 May 2021


Proposals for the DSI-HAC are open to industry, academia and public research organisations throughout Australia. Proposals must include at least one Victorian or Tasmanian collaborator. Participants are encouraged to engage nationally to optimise their teams. The DSI-HAC is a competitive process and proposals will be evaluated for their merit by a team of experts.